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Washington Post 6 hours ago

Nats Journal: Denard Span in D.C. working with physical therapist, David Carpenter getting second opinion

FLUSHING, N.Y. — Nationals Manager Matt Williams said center fielder Denard Span is strengthening his core these days, a nebulous descriptor of the activities that have occupied him since he landed on the disabled list with back spasms just before the all-star break. But he hopes soon “strengthening” will be replaced by swinging, fielding and returning. Williams said Span will be evaluated in the next couple of days, at which point the team will decide when he will start hitting and running.Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 19, 2015

Nats Journal: Denard Span gets cortisone injection, says he ‘feels better’

Back spasms frustrated Nationals center fielder Denard Span for a month before they forced him to the disabled list on July 10. They popped up unexpectedly and debilitated him quickly, taking a game here and there while fostering concerns about his future.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 19, 2015

Span receives cortisone shot, hopes to swing soon

Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness.

Span gets cortisone shot, hopes to swing soon

Denard Span received a cortisone shot in his back on Monday to help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by his back tightness, which landed him on the disabled list July 7. The Nationals center fielder has played catch and jogged on a treadmill and hopes to ramp up his workload very soon. “The back feels…

Injury updates on Span, Rendon, Werth, Strasburg and Zim

With four days off for the All-Star break and a large group of notable players on the disabled list, Friday afforded Nationals manager Matt Williams an opportunity to run down a long list of injury updates. Denard Span, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg remain sidelined as the team begins the second…

Span to DL, Zimmermann to paternity list, Barrett activated

BALTIMORE — The Nationals placed Denard Span on the disabled list and Jordan Zimmermann on the paternity leave list Friday afternoon, part of a flurry of roster moves before the start of their weekend series against the Orioles. Infielder Wilmer Difo was recalled from Class AA Harrisburg to take Span’s roster spot and give the…
Washington Post Jul 10, 2015

Nats Journal: Denard Span lands on the disabled list because of back tightness

After visiting a specialist Thursday, Denard Span was put on the disabled list Friday to rest his lingering back tightness. Span’s move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 7, so he would be eligible to come off July 22, five games after the all-star break.Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 10, 2015

Nats Journal: With all the injuries, how can the Nationals improve?

At some point later Friday, the root of Denard Span’s back spasms should be known, along with a plan for getting healthy, which could likely need a stint on the disabled list. If he does indeed land on the disabled list, Span would join fellow everyday position players Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon, meaning four of the Nationals’ top five hitters are out with injuries.Read full article >>
Washington Post Jul 8, 2015

Nats Journal: Nationals still figuring out weekend rotation, make-up date with Reds

The heavy rains that hit Washington on Wednesday afternoon left the Nationals Park field too wet for the finale of the three-game series against Cincinnati. For a team as banged up as the Nationals, the postponement could be seen as a godsend. The Nationals already have three everyday starters on the disabled list (Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth) and two more (Yunel Escobar and Denard Span) are dealing with injuries. Coupled with Thursday’s off-day, the rest comes at an ideal time.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 8, 2015

Denard Span frustrated as he awaits meeting with specialist

Denard Span is worried and frustrated as he waits to see a specialist on his ailing back.
Washington Post Jul 8, 2015

Nats Journal: Denard Span to see specialist Thursday, says ‘no chance’ he plays this weekend

More often than he would like this season, Denard Span stood in front of his locker and answered questions about nagging injuries, his usual jokes and smirks replaced by “I don’t knows” and resignation. He stood there again before Wednesday night’s game against the Reds, frustrated by the back spasms that forced him to leave Monday’s game and kept him out of the lineup since.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 8, 2015

Injured Span says he won't play this weekend

Denard Span is heading to Dallas to have his back examined and says he won't play at all this weekend in Baltimore.
MASN Sports Jul 8, 2015

Nationals need to call up Difo if Span and Escobar not available tonight - Byron Kerr

The Nationals were significantly short handed Tuesday offensively without Denard Span (back spasms) and Yunel Escobar (left hamstring tightness). Both left Monday's game early, so the Nationals have gone close to 15 innings without their starting one and two-hole hitters....
Washington Post Jul 8, 2015

Nats Journal: The Nationals need a healthy Denard Span

Until Denard Span’s MRI exam results are examined by a back specialist and a diagnosis is issued, perhaps by Wednesday, the center fielder likely will remain an active member of the Nationals roster. But after Tuesday’s game, yet another day off to rest his reoccurring back spasms, Span made it clear he will need time to get his back issue sorted out and to get healthy.Read full article >>
CSN Washington Jul 7, 2015

No DL yet, but Span bracing for possibility

Denard Span isn't on the DL yet, but the Nationals outfielder suggested he's done trying to play through recurring back pain.

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